Bury Market has maintained its status as one of the nation’s favourites after being named among the best in the country again.

With more than 300 stalls, the market has been named one of the top three in the country after London’s Camden Market and Portobello Market.

The findings came following research by Capital on Tap which saw the Lancashire Market as the only northern entry in the top 10.

Bury Times: Bury outdoor marketBury outdoor market (Image: Alice Gerrard)

Its third placed ranking came from analysis including the number of days the market it open, monthly search demand and average google ratings.

Capital on Tap said the market sees ‘around 8,100 searches a month, the fourth-highest number of all locations analysed’.

The findings come amid ongoing investigations around the discovery of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) at the market in late October, which caused the immediate closure of 49 stall holders.

Bury Times: The indoor market hallThe indoor market hall (Image: Newsquest)

While 29 traders have been relocated to new premises on the market, 17 are still awaiting a new place to trade in council-owned buildings and vacant spaces at the Mill Gate Shopping Centre.

The market is also looking forward to a radical transformation after a £20m plan for a new three storey flexi-hall and a new roof were given the green light in September.

The new flexi-hall is expected to have a range of uses including space for community groups, indoor sports and pop-up trading opportunities.

Bury Times: A CGI image of Bury Market under new plans to transform itA CGI image of Bury Market under new plans to transform it (Image: Bury Council)

The new development will involve demolition of existing buildings on Murray Road, Market Street and Princess Parade.

Bury’s famous market is no stranger to receiving awards and accolades thanks to its ensuring popularity with borough residents and beyond.

In January, it won the Best Market Attraction prize at the Great British Market Awards hosted by The National Association of British Market Authorities.

In 2022, it was given the award for Britain’s Favourite Market at the same awards.

A council spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to add this accolade to the many national awards our famous market has won over the years. And it’s always great to fly the flag on behalf of the north!

“With 150,000 visitors a week, and 300+ stalls, we offer something for everyone here. Just the place to get all your Christmas bargains!”